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Wellpet Recalls Dog Food Due to Excess Thyroid Hormone Levels

Following three reports of dogs becoming ill after eating a WellPet dog food, the FDA notified the company of a possible problem with their food which prompted a recall Friday. WellPet initiated the recall of a canned topper product due to elevated levels of beef thyroid hormone.

Recalled Product Details:

  • Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs – 13.2 oz, Can UPC: 0 76344 89450
  • Best-By Dates of 02 FEB 19, 29 AUG 19 and 30 AUG 19, located on the bottom of the can
  • Affected products were distributed at pet specialty retailers throughout North America and online.

Three best-by date codes of one recipe have the potential to contain elevated levels of beef thyroid hormone. Elevated levels may affect a dog’s metabolism and can be associated with anxiousness, increased thirst, increased urinary output and weight loss. However, with prolonged consumption these symptoms may increase in severity and may include vomiting, diarrhea, and rapid or difficulty breathing. For the vast majority of pets, symptoms are reversible once the pet stops eating product with elevated thyroid hormone, if your pet has consumed this product and has exhibited any of these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The company feels that because the product is a mixer or topper and is intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only “the likelihood of a dog being affected is remote. Even though the chance of a dog being affected is unlikely, WellPet is voluntarily recalling this recipe with these three best-by dates.”

Although WellPet states that they have received no other reports of any health problems to date, the FDA advised WellPet that at least three dogs that were affected. Based on the information provided to WellPet, the company “initiated an investigation and based on follow-up research, decided to recall the lots in question.”

If you have any of the 13.2 oz recipe with these three best-by dates, please email WellPet at wecare@wellpet.com or call 1-877-227-9587. For more information, please visit WellPet’s website for a letter from the CEO.

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Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs – 13.2 oz., UPC: 076344894506

Mollie Morrissette

Mollie Morrissette, author of Poisoned Pets, is an animal food safety expert and advisor to AAFCO. Help support her work by making a donation today.

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